Every medical institution in the world says that cigarettes are bad for your health, and you most likely believe it. You aren’t saying they’re all wrong and that you have a better grasp on this subject than just about every heart-lung specialist on the planet.
You know where this is going. “Well, it’s really cold outside, so climate change can’t be true.” D’oh. It’s like saying, “Well Uncle Joe smoked cigarettes and he lived to be 100 so they can’t be bad for you.” Back in the day, you could even find a few crank M.D.s that worked for tobacco companies and swore smoking didn’t damage your health. Today you can find a few similar climate change deniers and they get published in the Wall Street Journal.
This is a link to an article with a nice graphic representing the scientific consensus, and it’s just as clear as the “cigarettes are bad for you” subject. One quote:
Here’s the thing: If you listen to Fox News, or right-wing radio, or read the denier blogs, you’d have to think climate scientists were complete idiots to miss how fake global warming is. Yet despite this incredibly obvious hoax, no one ever publishes evidence exposing it.
Look it up. There’s a reality out there. Look it up with the same attitude you’d look into finding a good mechanic or a medical treatment for a loved one. That is, without political glasses on.
This may come a surprise to some, but when it’s winter here, it’s summer on the other side of the planet. Over in Perth, Australia, they recently set a record nighttime temperature: 85 degrees at 3 a.m. It’s been extremely hot, so if you read next year that 2014 was one of the hottest years on record, don’t be surprised.
Climate humor: http://xkcd.com/1321/
Global warming puts more water vapor in the air and causes more rain and snow overall while other places dry up. The common denominator: it’s warmer. Each of the last three decades are successively warmer than any previous decade going to back 1850, when reasonably accurate records began.